John Muir


John Muir


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]



& I seemed a boy again & all the long eventful years in America were forgotten while I was filled with that glorious ocean psalm.
Tell Maggie I'm going today to see Miss Jaffry the minister's daughter who went to school with us.
And tell Mama that the girl Agnes [Purvis?] that could outrun me married a minister & is now a widow living near Prestonpans. I may see her.
Goodbye dear. Give my love to Grandma & everybody Your loving father

John Muir


Dunbar Scotland

July 13. 1893

Dear Wanda,

It is about 10 o'clock in the forenoon here but no doubt you are still asleep for it is about midnight at Martinez & sometimes when it is today here it is yesterday in California on account of being on opposite sides of the round world. But ones thoughts travel fast & I seem to be in California whenever I think of you &

[in margin: Give this Scotish Bluebell to Maggie - from [Bayswell?]]


Helen. I suppose you are busy with your lessons & peaches, peaches especially. You are now a big girl almost a woman, & you must mind your lessons & get in a good [store] of the best words of the best people while your memory is retentive & then you will go through the world rich. Ask mother to give you lessons to commit to memory every day. Mostly the sayings



of Christ in the gospels, & selections from the poets. Find the hymn of praise in Paradise lost- "These are thy glorious works Parent of Good Almighty"- & learn it well. Last evening after writing to Helen I took a walk with Maggie Lunam along the shore on the rocks where I played when a boy. The waves made a grand show breaking in sheets & sheaves of foam, & grand songs - the same old songs they sang to me in my childhood


Dunbar, Scotland

Date Original

1893 Jul 13


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1202

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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